The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 may be a mid-size truck, but it’s certainly equipped to go toe-to-toe with its full-size competitors. For starters, the 2.8-liter turbo four-cylinder engine produces 369 lb-ft of torque, which enables a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. That’s just shy of the Ford Raptor’s V-8 towing capacity of 8,000 pounds. Secondly, while both a gasoline and diesel engine is available, the diesel offers real fuel economy. It boasts an EPA rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Expect to see a more aggressive look with the upcoming ZR2. The flow-through Chevrolet lettering on the front fascia creates a distinctive presence. Additionally, each trim package will feature distinguishing features that characterize each model. The following information provides a brief outline of the trim packages’ capabilities, design highlights, and price points.
3.6L V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission
Chevy’s proprietary Direct Fuel Injection and Variable Valve Timing provide the 3.6L V6 engine with optimal performance and fuel efficiency. Its 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque provide the twist required to tow up to 5,000 pounds. The high-performing dual overhead camshaft design of the ZR2’s V6 engine opens the valves to produce greater power.
The ZR2’s 8-speed automatic transmission offers a tow/haul mode to provide greater ability for acceleration and power when carrying a heavy load. Optimal control when braking is another feature of the tow/haul mode. It raises the downshift points and utilizes engine compression to gradually slow the truck down rather than abruptly braking.
Braking when traveling downhill can create undue stress on the driver and vehicle. With powertrain grade braking, the ZR2 reduces brake wear while improving driver control. The engine and transmission automatically slow the truck when braking on a downhill grade.
Six standard exterior colors and black leather interior trim add polish to the ZR2’s performance. Complete the experience with the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen.
The base 3.6L V6 engine, 8-speed model starts at $42,845; however, any upgrades and packages will increase the base price.
2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission
Options abound with the Colorado ZR2 four-wheel-drive four-cylinder. They begin with engine choices that range from the base four-cylinder configuration to the V6, and the fuel-efficient diesel. It’s the diesel model that allows for the best-in-class towing capabilities.
While the trailer-sway control is standard in all ZR2s, allowing the maximum towing capacity requires upgrading to a trailering equipment package.
If you’re ready to explore beyond the pavement, the ZR2’s raised suspension, all-terrain tires, fender flares, and electronically locking differential gets you where you’re going.
Visually, you may opt for two cab and two cargo-bed lengths. Like its 3.6L cousin, you have the option of six exterior colors as well as the leather-trimmed interior included in the standard price. A luxury package consists of power-adjustable, heated front seats and steering wheel.
You won’t be disappointed with the basic Infotainment 3 Plus sound system that includes the 8.0-inch touch screen; however, upgrading to Bose audio is an option. Also inclusive with the entry-level technology is Bluetooth audio streaming that accommodates two devices, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Parents may monitor their teen’s speed and location through Chevy’s standard Teen Driver system.
With the base package, you should expect to pay approximately $46,345. Packages like the Bison, which adds such features as 17″ AEV aluminum wheels will add to the price tag.
The mid-size ZR2 base models more than deliver on performance and style expectations. With so many options available, you can build a custom package that comes closest to a full-size V8’s capabilities than any other truck on the market.